Mountain Camellias in a Landscape Setting

June 20, 2019

Join us for a morning out to see how Jack Johnston, reknown nurseryman, cultivates and maintains his rare Mountain Camellia (Stewaria ovata), a rare southern Appalachian shrub in the tea family. We’ll meet in Otto, NC and caravan to Jack's nearby property for a one-of-a-kind experience at 9AM and will end at lunch time. All attendees receive a stewartia plant, grown by Jack.

Group size: 10 and cost is $35. 

Mountain Camellia (stewartia ovata) Field Trip

June 23, 2020

This is a one-of-a-kind of opportunity to see one of our rarest and most beautiful Appalachian shrubs during the peak of its bloom period.  Group is limited to 10 people and cost is $35 per person. It includes several stops in the Little Tennesee river valley where the species is found. The day ends in Cowee Valley for a tour of Stewartia in a landscape setting. 

Begins at 10AM and ends at 3PM. $45 per person.

The Artist's Way with James Nave -- POSTPONED to October

October 17, 2020

This is a special treat for those of you committed to living a creative life and who want to discover new ways to expand your creative powers. Instructor and facilitator James Nave has worked with The Artist's Way author Julia Cameron for over twenty years, and is co-owner of Twice Five Miles Media and Publishing. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the director of the Taos Storytelling Festival. You can read more about him at 

9-5 at Cowee Arts and Heritage Center. $79

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